Wednesday, February 16, 2011

31 Day Picture Challenge Days 5 thru 7

I can't really DO days 5 or 6, and here are the explanations as follows:

Day 5 - A picture of your favorite memory. Impossible, just because my most favorite memories are ones that happened when no camera was around. Sure, I could punk out & put up a pic from our wedding, or when the kids were first born, but that's cheating, and a little hollow & expected.
Some of my favorite memories were ongoing ones.
Fishing with my Grampa at the farm.
Running full out on my little arab cross mare, Mindy or my pony Princess being well, a pony.
Laying on my horse bareback while she grazed in the apple orchard, my dog laying nearby watching over us.
Swimming in the summer, catching tadpoles, riding 4-wheelers, ice skating, gardening with my grandparents.
Just spending time with the family & my uncles shouting at the football games while I snuggled on Grampa, my head on his chest.
No cameras were there for that.

Day 6 - A Picture of the person you'd like to trade places with for a day.
Can't be done. As much as it sounds nice to escape from my life for a little while, I'm sure whomever I would switch with is dealing with problems I have no knowledge of, and would likely never be able to look at them the same again.

SO With all that seriousness behind me, I CAN put up some interesting pics.

Day 7 - A Picture of your most Treasured Item

This took some thinkin'. I couldn't say my horses, because they are more like my family, and not really posessions. I wouldn't say jewelry, because frankly, that's a cop out and expected from a girl.
I did however narrow it down to three things that I would certainly run into a burning house to save.
Number 1: My Extra Light, High Grade Winchester 1886 .45-70 Gov't. with a 22" barrel. Extra fancy straight grip walnut stock, butt plate, deluxe checkering, blued receiver with gold elk and white tail inlays. It is numbered - they only made 1000 of them that year. And I love it. A lot.

Number 2:
My Dakota Saddlery Roper, with all the bells and whistles, of course. It's a slick seat, great for hours and hours in the saddle, dally wrapped horn, saddle strings, weaver smart cinch, Schutz brothers buck strap, weaver breastcollar, 1" black wool saddle pad, and my super soft Schutz brothers reins. (2 pairs) Not to mention the tack store worth of accessories, goodies, spare parts and bits. I love this saddle. When it needs replacing, I will likely get one nearly exactly like it.

And, finally because I thought 3 was quite enough, though I could go on with a few more things.
Number 3:

My camera. Larry picked it out for me. I love it. I learn something new every time I pick it up, and I am starting to think that I'm improving my skills. I have realized that even though I have a kit lens, and I can get a LOT done with it, I will need to eventually pick up a nice macro lens and a kick ass telephoto zoom.

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